While interior designers are also most often qualified to decorate, shaping the aesthetic environment of a space, this is often not their primary job function. The NCIDQ tests design, not decoration.
Being an interior designer involves more personal interaction and deep psychological understanding than any field that I have ever explored. Architecture tends to involve more arrogance and less objectivism while interior design can be deeply introspective and personalized to a client's every need. Don't get me wrong: I love architecture. I love many architects. However, it's hard not to be bitter when insanely intelligent and hard-working designers everywhere are being downgraded to decorator status, and much of this title-slinging comes from architects as much as it does clients and peers.
Architects: don't call yourself an architect unless you're licensed. No for real, it's illegal. Also, don't shy away from working with designers. They are specialized in the psychology of space…who doesn't want to work with that?
Beginning with NCIDQ's definition of interior design, a second rebuttal article continues to outline the author's feelings on the assumption of many (including many architects) that interior design is no more than decoration.